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the dark bible

the dark bible

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Contents
 
 
Foreword
 
 
A Short History of the Bible
 
 
Atrocities (a few)
 
 
Sex, Obscenities, Filth
 
 
Morality And Contradictions
 
 
God, Satan, Jesus, Heaven
 
 
The Inferior Status Of Women
 
 
Bibliography
 
 
About The Dark Bible
 
Version 2.09
 
 
 
The Dark BibleForeword
 
Despite the fact that the Bible represents the best selling book of all time and serves asthe sacred script for the Judeo-Christian faiths, it also stands as a book, by the majority,believed from ignorance. Strangely, in the Middle Ages the Catholic Church forbade thereading of the Bible by its congregation for fear that the people would misinterpret thetexts. Many priests knew of the problematic and dark verses in the Bible. Too muchquestioning could result in a loss of faith, or so they thought. As a result, only theChurch fathers had the right to make interpretations for its people. This gave the earlyChurch power over its people and, at the same time, prevented its populace from everbecoming educated.
 
One would think that with today's practice of freedom of religion, education, free pressand the availability of the Bible to anyone, that the Bible and its history would result incommon knowledge. Nothing could stand further from the truth. Most Church fatherstoday concentrate only on the "good" phrases of the Bible. This of course represents anadmirable approach as it serves to teach, stabilize and give meaning and morals topeople in a society. However, Christians and Jews rarely hear about the dark side of theScriptures from their religious leaders. Although most Christians own a Bible, few ofthem spend the time to actually read and understand what it actually represents. ManyChristians find it shocking, even blasphemous for someone to point out that the Biblecontains, not only errors, but atrocities that no Christian in good conscious would everthink of acting out. For example, how many Christians and Jews today would feel happyto bash a child's head against the rocks? Any secular question of this nature, of course,would result in revulsion, yet just such phrases occur in the Bible as well obscenities,filth and many horrendous phrases.
 
It will, perhaps, come from "good" Christians who will object most strongly to what Ihave put in and left out from the Dark Bible. However you may judge it, I have edited theDark Bible in this way for several reasons:
 
Firstly, I wanted to share with people that the Bible does not represent only "highmorality" or a means to better one's life; that most of the Bible, in fact, concerns itselfwith conquest, war, killings, and curses, many times coming from directly from Yahweh(God). By today's standards, many of these Biblical stories describe despicableatrocities.
 
Secondly, there exists a minority of faithful fundamentalists who take the Bible literallyand act out or condone the atrocities in the Bible. People, groups and governments, forcenturies, have instigated wars, pogroms, racism, hatred, anti-Semitism, terrorism, andthe inferiority of women based on their religious beliefs. I wanted to point out some of
 
the Biblical verses that people of faith have used as justification for their atrocities andalso to help people become aware, and beware of the dangers that can result from
belief 
in the Bible.
 
Thirdly, to make this knowledge easily available, I edited out the admirable phrases ofthe Bible in order to get to the point. Most people know about these "good" verses, and Ishould not have to point them out (there exists a plethora of books about the admirableworks). I also left out most of the dark phrases of the Bible for if I had included them all,it would literally involve more information, along with the comments, than the Bible itself.I tried to keep this relatively compact. As a result, the Dark Bible represents a smallsampling. I encourage the reader to investigate the history of the Bible and why itcontains the stories that it does.
 
From the sampling of the dark passages of the Bible presented in this Dark version, itshould become self evident that if one wishes to defend the concept of a "good" and"loving" God, the Bible should serve as the
last 
source to use for supporting evidence.
 
Moreover, if we wish to know ourselves, it may well serve us to learn the limitations ofour language system. The written form has existed for only six thousand years; only abrief instant of time relative to our millions of years of evolution. The Bible representsthe Bronze Age beliefs of men at the birth of writing. As in most evolutionary trends,mistakes get made, sometimes fatally. Indeed, our species has become even moreviolent in relation to strengths of faith in written Scripture. Unfortunately faith relies onhope and ignorance. Only education and critical thinking can allow us the means tocorrect our mistakes.
 
With technology advancing every year, our weapons have the capability to destroywhole cities, countries, if not every person on the earth. If people continue to base theiractions on ancient Biblical reasoning, any small minority who gains access to thedestructive technology may very well carry out holocaust-like proportions on innocentmen, women and children. It has happened before and it can easily happen again.Today we still see the destructive acts carried out around the world which originate fromdeep cultural roots based on religious Scripture. Although belief structures have givenrise to ethnic culture, it can also produce life threatening situations to our existence onearth. Understanding our belief-systems and to de-emphasize the sacredness of theBible may well help to prevent our own destruction.
 
The Dark Bible uses the King James Version (1611) Bible as its main source becausemore Christians use this version than any other (although various alternate verses comefrom other Bible versions with a caption as to its source.). It will help to use this textalong with the reading of each verse with the complete chapter from the Bible so as togain a better understanding of its context, or, simply click on a verse and it will take youto an online Bible where you can peruse the entire context. Many of the commentscome paraphrased from established scholarly published work.
 

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